[ fee-ver-ish ]
/ ˈfi vər ɪʃ /


having fever.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling fever: a feverish excitement.
excited, restless, or uncontrolled, as if from fever.
having a tendency to produce fever.

Nearby words

  1. fever therapy,
  2. fever tree,
  3. fever twig,
  4. fevered,
  5. feverfew,
  6. feverishly,
  7. feverous,
  8. feverously,
  9. feverroot,
  10. feverweed

Origin of feverish

First recorded in 1350–1400, feverish is from the Middle English word feverisch. See fever, -ish1

Related forms
Can be confusedfervent fever feverish

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British Dictionary definitions for feverish



/ (ˈfiːvərɪʃ) /


suffering from fever, esp a slight fever
in a state of restless excitement
of, relating to, caused by, or causing fever
Derived Formsfeverishly or feverously, adverbfeverishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for feverish



late 14c., "causing fever;" 1630s, "excited;" 1640s, "having symptoms of fever," from fever + -ish. Earlier in same sense was feverous (late 14c.). Related: Feverishly; feverishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for feverish


[ fēvər-ĭsh ]


Having a fever.
Relating to or resembling a fever.
Causing or tending to cause a fever.

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